Maharashtra Day

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Maharashtra Day
महाराष्ट्र दिवस
Also called Maharashtra Diwas, Maharashtra Din
Observed by Maharashtra, India, Marathi speaking areas of north Karnataka including Belgaum, places with significant number of Marathi speakers.
Significance The day the state of Maharashtra was formed by the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960
Celebrations Parades
Date 1 May
Next time 1 May 2019 (2019-05-01)
Frequency annual

Maharashtra Day, (Marathi: महाराष्ट्र दिन) commonly known as Maharashtra Diwas also referred to as Maharashtra Din is a state holiday[1] in the Indian state of Maharashtra, commemorating the formation of the state of Maharashtra[2] from the division of the Bombay State on 1 May 1960. Maharashtra Day is commonly associated with parades and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history and traditions of Maharashtra.


The States Reorganisation Act, 1956 defined boundaries for the states within India on the basis of languages.[3] The Bombay State that was formed as a consequence of this act, however, was composed of different areas where different languages were spoken; Marathi, Gujarati, Kutchi and Konkani. The Sanyukta Maharashtra Samiti was at the forefront of the movement to divide the Bombay State into two states; one composed of areas where people primarily spoke Gujarati and Kutchhi and the other where people primarily spoke Marathi and Konkani.[4][5]

The state of Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed as a result of this movement according to the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960 enacted by the Parliament of India on 25 April 1960. The act came into effect on 1 May 1960,[6] hence the reason of annual celebration.


Every year the Government of Maharashtra issues a notification declaring the 1st of May to be a public holiday to be celebrated as Maharashtra Day. This holiday applies only to the offices and companies under the jurisdiction of the State Government only; public sector undertakings under the Government of India are functional (e.g. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, etc ). Typically,schools celebrate this day by organising various programmes participated by students.[7]


Every year a parade is held at Shivaji Park where the Governor of Maharashtra makes a speech.

Liquor sales to Indians are prohibited on this day across Maharashtra, excluding foreigners.[8]

Unique or historical celebrations

The Golden Jubilee celebrations for Maharashtra Day were conducted on 11 May 2011 across Maharashtra.[9][10]

Inaugurations and launching of new projects and schemes

In Maharashtra state government and private sector inaugurates and launches various new projects and schemes on 1 May. Annual celebrations of such institutions and projects are also held on Maharashtra Day.

The Marathi language Wikipedia was started on 1 May 2003.


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